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Old 02-19-2013, 12:07 PM   #1
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How do you keep your car pristine through the winter?

I know it's futile to try and keep the car from getting salt down the sides in anywhere with a reasonable amount of snow, but do you take any measures to keep your car looking new in between salt storms? Is there any reason not to give it a rinse off at a car wash when it's below freezing?
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If you have to drive it in the winter, rinse it off as often as you can. Make sure you get the underbody well. No reason not to do it when it's below freezing..
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:21 PM   #5
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I don't think I've washed mine since October or so. I might have to get at it tonight or sometime this week with some ONR. I've been very lazy...car looks like a salty pretzel lately.
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I go to a self wash place and just rinse the car (heated water). I spray the wheel wells and under the car as best as I can.
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Although salt is inert when subjected to freezing (15 - 20.oF ) it's considered the lower limit for salt to melt snow/ice but once H2O, even in the form of moist air (i.e. humidity) is added the freezing point is lowered and the saline solution(salt/water) will have an adverse effect on the vehicles paint and undercarriage.

When washing the vehicle ensure that all salt is removed to avoid a saline solution remaining on the paint finish. Waterless polymer based systems (Optimum no rinse (ONR) does not require pre-wetting the surfaces. A combination of polymers and surfactant cleaners safely removes dirt and grime and leaves a glossy protective finish. The polymers and surfactants used in these non rinse washes have the capability to bond to dirt particles and act as a barrier between the dirt particles and the paint. The grime and dirt is then trapped in the surfactant, protecting the paint finish without the need to use large amounts of water to flush the dirt off the vehicle.

Using a durable protection (Collinite Insulator Wax) will provide a sacrificial and renewable protection to the vehicles paint finish.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:07 AM   #8
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I just make sure to wax it every couple of weeks, and rinse or wash it weekly in the winter.
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Just wash your car regularly and wax it whenever you can.. Use a spray sealant (like Chemical Guy's V7) for upkeep of protection for a week or so.
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